Updated: I entered all names as numbers using Random.Org and the winners are: Sabina and Aurooba!! I will e-mail you the codes, but if you don't hear from me by tomorrow afternoon, please ping me!!
When my friend Cylinda sent me an article back in November about the upcoming Pakistani American superhero Ms. Marvel, I was thrilled. I followed the news carefully and the day that it was released I called my local comic store and asked them to hold a few copies for me. Today I picked it up and as soon as the kids were asleep, I sat down and read it.
And then, I wept.
Seriously, I know. It's a comic book. And yet, while I did a lot of laughing [it's got a lot of funny moments] I also couldn't stop the tears. Because I was so happy to see a version of myself reflected before me, not sensationalized or stereotyped. And to be so happy to see this made me realize how rare it is. To read about a normal desi teenager growing up in a hybrid culture of East and West who also happens to be quite extraordinary as well. My kids are entering an amazing era where, while they will always be minorities, they will see themselves reflected in some of the media they see. Not as evil bandits, or an Apu pun, but as regular people. I didn't think it mattered that much, this visibility, but reading this comic made me wonder how it would have been to have read it when I too was Kamala's age.
The comic isn't easy to find, and unlike books, comics don't keep getting reissued. Once these printed copies are gone, they're gone. The comic store I went to said this edition will be sold out by next week. To buy a physical copy from a store near you [and support a local business to boot!] click here. You can also find them online here. Cylinda also let me know that I can give away the digital edition of my comic, and she generously offered to give away hers as well. So I have two codes to give away for a full digital version of Ms. Marvel that you can download to read on your tablet. If you are interested, please leave a comment below by Sunday, February 9, 9pm EST and I will randomly draw two names. To help spread awareness of this comic, if you share this post on facebook or twitter, I'll put your name in an extra time for each method for a total of three possible entries. If you do share it on facebook and/or twitter, please let me know in the comments, it'll be scouts honor :) [Please be sure to leave a comment here, as its hard to keep track of all social media sites, if you leave a comment here, I'll be sure to get it]
Read this? If you've read this comic, would love to know your thoughts!